One World Essay: “Water”

Topics: Water, Desalination, Water supply Pages: 4 (1252 words) Published: October 18, 2008
Water, is essential to all forms of life. Water plays a huge part in our lives whether you realize it or not. It ties in with many different factors, some being political, social, environmental and ethical. Singapore has her own water issue as well. Science plays a major role in today’s world this also includes issue of water and the benefits and limitation science can provide for Singapore in her water issue.

Water is extremely vital for our survival. According to (Water Partners International. 2008), only about 0.007% of all water on earth is ready to be consumed by a human and that without water, a human can only live for three days, approximately 2.6 billion people on Earth lacks access to a safe supply of dirking water which leads to the fact that water-related diseases are one of the leading causes of disease and death in the world. According to (Water Partners International. 2008), every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. This shows us the extreme importance of water in our lives and without it we will perish, so we should not be taking what we have for granted.

Singapore is a young and small country who gained her independence from Malaysia in 1965. Singapore had to rely on Malaysia for water since then till today due to her size and the amount of people living in Singapore. Singapore has advanced from being a third world country to a first world country in the past century however she still lacks the ability to produce enough drinking water for the population which according to the (CIA. 2008) is 4,608,167 people. Thus till today, Singapore still acquires water from Malaysia.

According to (Lee, Poh Onn. 2003), Singapore depends on Malaysia for nearly 40% of her water supply. This turns into a political issue when Malaysia threatens to cut off Singapore’s water supply from time to time. However according to (Lee, Poh Onn. 2003), “the Malaysian authorities have made repeated assurances that Malaysia intends to observe the 1961...
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